Lodges

Kiota Camp

Brand new, old-school safari

Kiota Camp

The Central Serengeti. Home to a dizzying array of wildlife, big cats galore, those quintessential rippling grass plains and now, Kiota Camp. A relative newcomer to the Serengeti safari scene, Kiota opened in May 2015 and is really rather lovely. Perched atop a small hill, the bush views stretch endlessly from your tent door and the high season crowds seem a distant memory. Nothing is too much trouble here and the experienced team will spoil you from the moment you leap off the Jeep. It may be new, but Kiota is all about old-school hospitality and game viewing that you will never forget.

At the lodge

The hotel

Don’t worry about putting your feet on the sofa here – Kiota is all about unpretentious and simple living and the camp gets it absolutely right. A large ‘living room tent’ is at the heart of the camp and there’s a small library and a bar to get stuck into during siesta time. The furniture is all made by local artisans in Arusha and feels perfectly authentic. Next door is a spacious dining tent and the all-important camp fire, perfect for swapping safari tales late into the night….

The rooms

The ten tents are comfortable, airy and very safari-cool with lots of earthy tones, billowing curtains and brightly coloured bed spreads. All feel very private and the mini verandas are excellent for wildlife watching across the rippling plains. The ensuite bathrooms are particularly swish (particularly for a tent!) and feature lots of sleek wood and shiny mirrors, and excellent bucket showers with plenty of hot water. Handily, all rooms can be twins, doubles, triples or even family tents with extra twin beds.

On safari

Experiences

Game drives are offered twice daily from Kiota and are usually jam packed with fantastic sightings. The Big Five, including rhino, are found in the area and cats are especially prevalent so don’t forget your camera (and some spare batteries). For a different perspective of the endless plains, try a serene balloon flight in the early morning or simply sit back with your binos and watch the wildlife come straight into camp.

When to go

Serengeti by month

January

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are high with plenty of sun, rainfall usually takes the form of sporadic afternoon showers.
  • Wildlife has spread out over a large area, making game a little more difficult to spot.
  • An interesting time for photography, the park is at its most spectacular visually, with plenty of sunshine hours in between the rainfall.
  • The park is green and in bloom with migratory birds present in breeding colours.
  • Insect numbers increase at this time of year, so have your repellent close to hand.

February

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are high with plenty of sun, rainfall usually takes the form of sporadic afternoon showers.
  • Wildlife has spread out over a large area, making game a little more difficult to spot.
  • An interesting time for photography, the park is at its most spectacular visually, with plenty of sunshine hours in between the rainfall.
  • The park is green and in bloom with migratory birds present in breeding colours.
  • Insect numbers increase at this time of year, so have your repellent close to hand.

March

Season: Wet
  • Hot temperatures with plenty of sunshine, rain can fall for prolonged periods making safari a gamble during this period.
  • Wildlife has spread out over a large area, making game a little more difficult to spot.
  • An interesting time for photography, the park is at its most spectacular visually, with plenty of sunshine hours in between the rainfall.
  • Known as the 'Emerald season', the park is beautiful and green with migratory birds present.
  • Insect numbers increase at this time of year, so have your repellent close to hand.

April

Season: Wet
  • Hot temperatures with plenty of sunshine, rain can fall for prolonged periods making safari a gamble during this period.
  • Wildlife has spread out over a large area, making game a little more difficult to spot.
  • An interesting time for photography, the park is at its most spectacular visually, with plenty of sunshine hours in between the rainfall.
  • Known as the 'Emerald season', the park is beautiful and green with migratory birds present.
  • Insect numbers increase at this time of year, so have your repellent close to hand.

May

Season: Wet
  • The end of the wet and the start of the dry season, with a handful of afternoon showers, humidity is low and temperatures are hot.
  • wildlife viewing can be difficult with animals spread over vast tracts of land.
  • Migratory birds fly North over the course of the month, lowering birding from exceptional to excellent.
  • A good time to visit Tarangire with visitor traffic lower than conditions dictate.

June

Season: Dry
  • The start of the dry season, temperatures are hot, humidity is low and rainfall is unlikely.
  • Wildlife begins to make migrate back into the Tarangire area, improving game densities.
  • The ideal time of year for a walking safari and fly-camping, if you are feeling a little more adventurous.
  • A good time to visit, with visitor traffic lower than conditions dictate.

July

Season: Dry
  • The dry season is now in full swing, with cooler but still warm temperatures, rain has dried up.
  • Game viewing should be exceptional, with the Tarangire River drawing in wildlife from the surrounding areas.
  • The lack of clouds produce incredible night skies, showcasing the Milky Way in all its glory.
  • Photography conditions are good, the air is relatively thin and still, with sunrises and sunsets being particularly good.
  • The ideal time of year for walking safari and fly camping, if you are feeling a little more adventurous.
  • Visitor traffic can pick up at this time of year, leading to shared sightings and a less intimate bush experience at many of the camps.

August

Season: Dry
  • The dry season is in full swing, with cooler but still warm temperatures, rain has dried up.
  • Game viewing should be exceptional, with the Tarangire River drawing in wildlife from the surrounding areas.
  • The lack of clouds produce incredible night skies, showcasing the Milky Way in all its glory.
  • Photography conditions are good, the air is relatively thin and still, with sunrises and sunsets being particularly good.
  • The ideal time of year for walking safari and fly camping, if you are feeling a little more adventurous.
  • Visitor traffic can pick up at this time of year, leading to shared sightings and a less intimate bush experience at many of the camps.

September

Season: Dry
  • The dry season is in full swing, with cooler but still warm temperatures, rain has dried up.
  • Game viewing should be exceptional, with the Tarangire River drawing in wildlife from the surrounding areas.
  • The lack of clouds produce incredible night skies, showcasing the Milky Way in all its glory.
  • Photography conditions are good, the air is relatively thin and still, with sunrises and sunsets being particularly good.
  • The ideal time of year for walking safari and fly camping, if you are feeling a little more adventurous.
  • Visitor traffic can pick up at this time of year, leading to shared sightings and a less intimate bush experience at many of the camps.

October

Season: Dry
  • The dry season is coming to an end, temperatures and humidity rise before the first afternoon showers fall.
  • Game viewing should be exceptional, with the Tarangire River drawing in wildlife from the surrounding areas.
  • A difficult month to predict changes on the ground with uncertain rainfall transforming the dry dusty landscape.
  • If you don't mind the heat, a great time to visit with tourist numbers dropping drastically in the park.

November

Season: Dry
  • The wet season has arrived bring with it higher temperatures and usually short afternoon rainfall.
  • Game viewing is still good with animals slowly spreading out as food and water becomes readily available.
  • The migratory birds begin to return as the park transforms, with new greenery ushering in a time of plenty.
  • If you don't mind the weather, a great time to visit with tourist numbers dropping drastically in the park.

December

Season: Wet
  • The wet season has arrived bring with it higher temperatures and usually short afternoon rainfall.
  • Game viewing is still good with animals slowly spreading out as food and water becomes readily available.
  • The park is green and in bloom with migratory birds present in breeding colours.
  • If you don't mind the weather, a great time to visit with tourist numbers dropping drastically in the park.

Wildlife


The Serengeti National Park is an ecologically rich environment and home to vast herds of wildebeest, zebra, Thomson's gazelle and buffalo grazing on the sweet grasses of the savannah. Even after the Great Migration has moved through, the game viewing is exceptional in this region. The predators are never far off, with cheetah and lion in abundance and leopard readily seen in the Seronera region of the Central Serengeti. Enjoy expansive grasslands, acacia thickets, meru kopjes (granitic hills) and riverine forests.

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